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By Yamila Cruz-Martinez

At its most basic level, inflammation is an acute response triggered by tissue injury due to trauma, chemicals, stress and infection among others. It is supposed to be a healthy way of your body to protect itself, which we call Acute inflammation. There is also Chronic inflammation, which is a dangerous, out-of-control immunological reaction which can damage healthy cells. Sadly most of us have some sort of chronic inflammation and are not aware of it.

If your immune system and your ability to balance the inflammatory forces in your body are impaired, it can be bad. You are headed toward illness and premature aging. But addressing the causes of inflammation and learning how to live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and take care of your body in natural ways can lead you to a healthy living lifestyle.

Common treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen or aspirin), or steroids like prednisone, interfere with the body’s own immune response and lead inevitably to serious and deadly side effects.

With inflammation, the muscles
can spasm leading to severe pain and difficulty moving. One of the most common complains is lower back pain from a muscle strain. With inflammation you can get redness and change in temperature in your skin, swelling, pain due to the swelling which can compress nerve endings near the injury.

I bet most of you have been dealing with some sort of pain or health issue for years and even some can consider it “normal” or said: “I have had it all my life.” Well let me tell you, it is NOT normal.

You don’t have to live with it. There are numerous ways that you can help your body in a non-invasive way to decrease inflammation and pain. For example eliminating inflammatory foods, going to the chiropractor, taking high-quality doctor-recommended supplements like Omega 3, and exercising, among others.

Don’t let pain and inflammation interfere in your life and get worse. Inflammation is not only in the muscles, we can have it in organs or other tissues, and that can lead to very serious problems. Take action! Live a healthier better painless life!

Yamila Cruz-Martinez, DC, FMP and AIP Coach, is with Aim High Chiropractic. Contact her at 303-458-0294 or